News Roundup: Last Call

  • No ticket, no card.  You can now ride lifts using only your phone at Sunshine Village.
  • Berkshire East owners buy Catamount with summer business and upgrading aging infrastructure on the agenda.
  • U.S. skier visits decline 2.8 percent for 2017-18 with the Midwest and Southeast up year-over-year, the Northeast flat and the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Southwest regions down.
  • New lift construction is nonetheless pacing 25 percent ahead of last year and 43 points above this date in 2016.
  • Quebec area Val Neigette closes for good with its Doppelmayr quad chairlift headed to an unknown Ontario mountain to cover outstanding debt.
  • Mi Teleférico is apparently in talks to build dozens more urban gondolas in La Paz between 2020 and 2030.
  • The Balsams project faces a key state vote on May 21st.
  • Add Nashville to the list of US cities considering public transport gondolas.
  • Boyne Resorts closes on its purchase of seven mountain resorts, bringing its owned and operated portfolio to ten across North America.
  • Jackson, Wyoming stakeholders mostly agree to site a new gondola in a public park at the base of Snow King Mountain.
  • Loveland will hold a lottery for season passholders to win purchase rights for Lift 1 chairs.
  • The final last chair for the Norway lift at A-Basin is Sunday.

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12 thoughts on “News Roundup: Last Call

  1. reaperskier May 10, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    I wonder what Ontario ski area purchased Val Neigettes quad?

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    • adrian1701 May 11, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      No major Ontario ski resort I know of is looking to replace a lift, except for Horseshoe, though it seems likely that they’ll buy a new L-P.

      There are a lot of old BML/Leitner fixed-grips still around, but they’re not old enough to warrant replacement with an almost equally-old Doppelmayr.

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      • reaperskier May 11, 2018 / 6:22 pm

        Would it be one of the private ski clubs in ontario?

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      • adrian1701 May 11, 2018 / 7:06 pm

        Possible, likely even, but most of these clubs have fairly recent (1990+) lifts, no capacity problems, and there seem to be no terrain expansions this season. Certainly interested to find out where this lift’s going.

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      • Peter Landsman May 11, 2018 / 8:25 pm

        Horseshoe told me the following: “We are in the process of investigating replacing Chair 6 over the next two years.” The parent company, Skyline Development, partnered with Leitner-Poma on multiple projects recently so a used Doppelmayr seems unlikely.

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    • Andy May 12, 2018 / 5:26 am

      Speculation only, but it would not surprise me to see the Val Neigettes Dopplemayr Quad end up at Mount Baldy Ski Area in Thunder Bay. Mount Baldy has new owners as of late 2016, and currently has an ancient Riblet double that dates to the early 60’s or before. Will wait and see.where the Val Neigettes quad ends up.

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    • Ryan May 10, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Woohoo!!

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  2. Skierdude May 10, 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I am a little surprised the Norway lift is going away. I always loved that lift. Plus I think it is in so much of a better spot than Lenawee. Such easy access off Black Mtn Express. I am going to miss it. :(

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  3. Matt G. May 10, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Is the Norway Lift going to be replaced?

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  4. Jonathan May 11, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Sadly it is not going to be replaced. A-Basin will auction the chairs though

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